Saturday, February 27, 2010

Stage Set; DePauw defeats Austin College 53-47 Advancing to face Centre in SCAC Title Game

DePauw University, the second seed from the East, used a 17 point effort from Drew Wills to defeat Austin College in the semifinals of the 2010 SCAC Tournament, 53-47.

The Tigers' win was the first win for a lower seeded team during the tournament. DePauw's Tony James was the only other Tiger to score in double-figures as he chipped in with 11 points and four assists.

The first half was marked by poor shooting as from both teams as DePauw shot 21.9 percent (7-for-32) and Austin College shot 26.9 percent (7-for-26). The Tigers held a 17-16 halftime lead. However, DePauw shot nearly 58 percent (11-for-19) while Austin College shot 11-for-29 (37.9 percent).

The Kangaroos were paced by senior guard, and 2009-10 SCAC Player of the Year, Kola Alade. Alade tallied a team-high 14 points on six-for-19 shooting to go along with six assists and two steals.

DePauw held a slight advantage on the glass, 39-32. With the win, the Tigers advance to their second SCAC championship game and look for the program's third league title since joining the SCAC in 1998-99. The Tigers improved to 20-7. Austin College dropped to 20-7, a school record season.

After the game SCAC Director of Communications Russell Kramer caught up with both head coaches and DePauw senior guard Tony James.

To listen to Austin College head coach Rodney Wecker, click here.

To listen to DePauw head coach Bill Fenlon, click here.

To listen to DePauw senior guard Tony James, click here.

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